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‘So much to offer’

There's no place like home, according to local tourism professionals who spent Saturday peddling dozens of "stay" and "day"-cation opportunities in the north Georgia Mountains.

"With gas prices the way they are, three day trips and 'day'-cations have become very popular," said Marty Williams, vice president for travel and tourism for the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

June 15, 2011 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS

Commission submits district lines

Proposed changes to the Dawson County commission and school board districts have been sent to the state.

The county commission voted last week to submit a new district map after recent census numbers showed the local population increased by nearly 40 percent from 2000 to 2010.

June 15, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government

Man indicted in woman’s death

A Dawson County grand jury has indicted a local man on felony vehicular homicide charges in connection with a June 2010 traffic incident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Gainesville woman.

According to the indictment, Colon Louis Hartzler, 44, was under the influence of alcohol when he attempted to turn left onto Carlisle Road from Ga. 400.

June 15, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Teen struck, killed on skateboard

A 16-year-old skateboarder died Monday night after he was struck by a vehicle on Hwy. 53 near Dawsonville.

Dawson County Emergency Services Director Billy Thurmond said Tyler Seay died at Atlanta Medical Center, where he was flown after suffering critical injuries in the collision.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Tax assessments in mail this week

Dawson County property owners should expect to find their tax assessment notices in the mailbox this week.

Chief tax appraiser Michael Roberts said the notices were delayed about a week due to the state's new assessment program.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government

Family moves into new Habitat house

Walking into her new home Saturday, Bethany Berg said she thanked God for giving her something so perfect and special.

"The house is absolutely perfect ... everything about it is everything I could have wanted," she said.

June 08, 2011 | Michele Hester | LIFE

County looking into new insurance provider

A proposed move to Aetna Insurance could save Dawson County almost $800,000 over the next 12 months.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Veterans award scholarship

The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America recently awarded a scholarship to a Dawson County High School senior.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Racing history revived at hall

Dawsonville's storied racing history revved up Saturday morning as volunteers with the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame celebrated the museum's grand reopening.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Motorsports park may open in September

Weather has delayed by at least six months the opening of a motorsports park in western Dawson County.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Grant to fund walking trail

Georgia Department of Transportation announced last week that $250,000 has been approved for a multi-purpose trail that would connect the City of Dawsonville to Veterans Memorial Park.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Authorities urge caution during summer months

As the summer months approach and families are outside enjoying the weather, local authorities want to remind the community to be cautious and stay safe.

June 01, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Former county worker agrees to reduced charge

A former Dawson County maintenance worker has been sentenced for his role in a June 2010 wreck that claimed the life of a Dawsonville man.

James "Jim" Ferrante, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Revision to proposed sign ordinance online

The public has two more weeks to review proposed changes to the county's sign ordinance.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners plans to wait until June 2 to vote on the proposed changes in order to give the public time to review the document, which is available online at

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | Government

Fire chars Hwy. 53 home

Dawson County fire officials are investigating a blaze that destroyed a Hwy. 53 home early Tuesday and displaced a family of four.

Tim Satterfield, deputy chief of emergency services, said no one was injured in the fire, which occurred sometime after midnight at 5364 Hwy. 53 East, but the home was a complete loss.

May 25, 2011 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

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Police: Man set fire over bad drug deal

Authorities are saying a Dawsonville man was so mad after a drug deal that he walked to a neighbor's home where he poured gasoline ...

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS

Thanksgiving feast free to everyone

Preparations are in place for anyone wanting to celebrate the holidays with a hearty feast this Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Realignment in works for grades 6-12

A proposal to realign 6th-12th grades in the Dawson County School System are in the works with plans for the change to begin as early ...

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education

Date set for rescheduled sheriff’s candidate debate

Organizers have set a date to reschedule a recently canceled sheriff's candidate debate.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Commissioners deny slaughterhouse zoning

A family that has spent more than $50,000 on equipment in preparation of opening a butchery and slaughterhouse on the east side of the ...

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Chase Elliott wins ‘Most Popular Driver’ for second consecutive season

Dawsonville's Chase Elliott has once again been voted one of NASCAR's most popular drivers.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

Bearden signs to play basketball at Lenoire-Rhyne

Lady Tiger Karlie Bearden is the first to admit she wasn't always the basketball player she is today.

November 25, 2015 | Michele Hester | High School

Tigers defeat Spencer 22-12

The 7-AAA champion Dawson County Tigers kept the dream alive Friday night, defeating Spencer High's Green Waves 22-12 in the second round of the ...

November 20, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

Tigers ready for round two of the playoffs

The crowd wore white last week, but for Friday night's second round playoff game, the Dawson County Tigers are calling for everyone to wear ...

November 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

BOC begins search for next county manager

The search for Dawson County's next chief administrative officer began last week when commissioners opened advertisements to replace Cindy Campbell, who unexpectedly resigned last ...

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Maxwell will play baseball for UGA

Dawson County athletics inked a historical moment last week when Tucker Maxwell signed on to play baseball for the University of Georgia.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

Council names finalists for city manager

Council members have named two finalists for Dawsonville's newly created city manager position.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government

Dawson student scores above average on Milestones

The results of the Georgia Milestones test are in, and despite lower than expected scores, Dawson County school officials said they are not disappointed.

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | Education

Vietnam serviceman is Veteran of the Year

Sitting on the front row of Dawson County Middle School's auditorium, surrounded by family and friends, Charles Spain listened to stories of military men ...

November 18, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL

Cheerleaders place sixth at state meet

The Dawson County High Competition Cheerleaders are in celebration mode after placing sixth in Saturday's state completion at the Columbus Civic Center.

November 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | SPORTS

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